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Product Features Simply drop laundry sheet into washer, the detergent is released during the wash cycle. Once wash is complete, transfer the laundry sheet with clothes to dryer. The stripe is heat activated by the dryer to soften and … see full wiki
I am going to start out by telling you that I *hate* laundry. I am the guy who will buy new underwear and socks to delay having to do laundry. Heck, I’ve bought jeans and shirts to delay doing laundry. It doesn’t help that I have to traverse 3 floors to get to the laundry room.
I’ve seen commercials for these Purex 3-In-One things, but I wasn’t very hopeful. For one, I’ve never used Purex brand anything for anything. I’m an Arm & Hammer man for my laundry soap. I mean it’s fairly economical and gets the job done and what detergent sounds manlier than ARM AND HAMMER? Grrrrrrr…..
Today, I was dreading laundry on yet another Sunday and while shopping I noticed the 3-In-One’s on sale so I thought I’d give it a try.
Remember those three floors of stairs I told you about? Well not having to lug liquid or powder to the laundry room sounded pretty great. Also the softener in those little balls adds to the awkward load and contributes to frequent spilling incidents. Finally, I never want to forget to take down the fabric softener sheets and have to sprint back upstairs and downstairs again. The Purex 3-In-One gives me one sheet that contains detergent and softener and goes with the laundry into the dryer.
The sheets are like wide and thick dryer sheets. There is a large blue section with super concentrated detergent in it. There is also a lighter blue stripe at the top; this is the softener and anti-static that is heat activated to work in the shower.
The instructions say to use one sheet for a normal load or two sheet for an extra large load.
I have three loads going in. The first one is jeans and darks so we’ll see if the softening works. The second load has all my colors, mostly shirts. Softening again will be tested on softer fabrics and we’ll see if things come out bright or dingy. The 3rd and most difficult load has underwear, socks and workout clothes. Um hmm…we’ll see if this stuff REALLY cleans. My soccer t-shirt will certainly be a good measuring stick!
Initial Impression: OK, the sheets were, in fact light in weight and easy to carry down. NICE…points off the bat! They smell pretty nice too. I put them in started up the washer and checked back on the load during the wash cycle. The detergent does come out of the sheets as evidenced by the suds party going on in the washing machine.
Post wash: I took the clothes from the washer and tranferred them to the dryer. I noticed that the sheets did survive the cycle. The large dark blue detergent area was emptied out and only the light blue strip remained. There was a "clean" smell, but not too strong. I actually would have preferred a stronger smell, but maybe that's coming later...ya know...in the light blue strip.
Post dry: Well, my wish for more scent didn’t come true. There is no noticeable scent coming out of the dryer. The clothes seem to be clean though.
THE COST & CONCLUSION
I paid $4.99 (regular price $5.99) for 20 loads. If you’re comparing at home please be sure to add up the cost of detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets. I think the price is competitive in monetary costs. In terms of my time and mindset the psychological cost makes it an outstanding bargain.
My only two quips are that I wish there was more scent and if they’re so smart, why do I still have to fold???UPDATE (August 29, 2010) New Video
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